Man takes own life at Minnesota casino | Bemidji Pioneer
Tuesday 10th March 2020
CARLTON, Minn. -- A portion of the gaming floor at Black Bear Casino in Carlton was shut down Monday, March 9, after a man took his own life in one of the casino's restaurants.
Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said no one else was injured when the death occurred Monday afternoon at the Seven Fires Steakhouse. The victim died of a gunshot wound from a handgun, she said in a news release. Lake said the man was 52 and from Mahtomedi. No one else was injured and the public is not in danger, Lake said.
Terry Savage, executive director of Fond du Lac Tribal Enterprises, didn't want to say specifically where the death occurred, but confirmed that it was in a public place.
A small portion of the gaming floor and adjacent areas were sealed from the public while police investigated, Savage said. A portion of the gaming floor remained closed the rest of Monday but will reopen Tuesday morning, he said.
"Our property is safe and secure," Savage said.
At midafternoon Monday, several law enforcement vehicles were parked at the main entrance to the casino. A couple of officers and casino officials were blocking access to a gaming area just off that entrance. As police still were investigating the incident at the time, people wanting to enter the gaming floor were escorted to the area that was open.
The incident took place after a weekend in which a 27-year-old woman and her 18-month-old son were killed on the Fond du Lac Reservation. A man has been arrested in connection with the double homicide.
Savage said as far as he knows there's no connection between the two events. Lake confirmed that there was no connection.